Plant hardiness zones—also known as planting zones or growing zones—help gardeners understand which plants can survive their region’s climate. Find out which planting zone you’re located in and grow a great garden, one that thrives. There are a number of online sites that will enable you to find out which hardiness zone you occupy. One of my favourites is the Old Farmer’s Almanac
pH: What it is.
pH is a measure of how acid or alkaline the soil is. This is important to know because pH affects how easily plants will absorb nutrients from the soil.
The soil pH range is measured on a scale of 1 to 14, with 7 as the neutral mark — anything below 7 is considered acidic soil and anything above 7 is considered alkaline soil.
Vegetables and herbs, generally require a pH between 5.5 and 7. However, to find out the proper pH for your gardening choices visit this site:
Water is a vital component for sound plant health. Either too much or too little water will impact the garden’s yield. Water early in the morning or after sunset in the evening. Let the water sink in, it is the roots that need to drink.
Do not water every day, unless the plants are growing in containers. The soil in containers dries out faster that the garden bed. See the section on container gardening for more information.
Shade gardens can be glorious and to make full use of the shade your garden offers, you must first understand shade itself.
Light or Dappled shade, is bright enough that most plants will grow there, even those that claim to need full sun. In this case the sunlight moves across the garden and never stays in one place for long.
Open shade may be found in that small space beside your garage or shed that has a northern exposure. The light there is bright but it rarely receives any direct sun.
Medium shade this is the drawing line between plants that will accept shade and those that do not. Usually found under small trees or near decks and stairwells, for example.
Deep shade allows no obvious sunlight to enter where trees, fences and buildings block the view. This is the home of some ivies and mosses.
Sunflowers love the sun. They turn their flowers to follow it.